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Organization, Delegation & Knowing My Limits

Posted by Hallee on Apr 25, 2014 in Homemaking with Hallee, Housekeeping, Life

I had an immediate knee-jerk thought of, “I don’t really do that much,” but the words never really made it past my lips. Because, I really have a lot on my plate. So, the answer to her, “I don’t really know how you do it all,” is simply this: organization, delegation, and understanding limits.

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Battling That Lazy Gene

Posted by Hallee on Mar 28, 2014 in Housekeeping

I looked at my destroyed and messy kitchen and thought, “Leave it. Do it when you get home. Who cares? You’re tired and it’s been a crazy day.”

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Using a Bread Machine to Mix & Knead Bread Dough

Posted by Hallee on Feb 13, 2014 in Hallee's Galley, Housekeeping, kitchen & cooking tips, Life

I’ve had this post on my “to write” list for a while now. I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to write it. Two years ago, the motor burned out in my Kitchenaid mixer. Now, my mixer is an EXPENSIVE one. It’s this one. Getting it in the nickel instead of another color added nearly $100 to the price, and I think we paid almost $600 for it (though I notice today, in finding the link, that Kitchenaid has it on sale.)…

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DIY: Toothpaste as Cleaning Agent

Posted by Hallee on Jan 24, 2014 in Homemaking with Hallee, Housekeeping

CAREFULLY apply the toothpaste to the cloudy lens keeping it away from your paint. Use an old toothbrush you are about to throw away anyway and scrub in a circular brushing motion overlapping as you go. There is no need to floss.

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Fireplace Glow Facelift

Posted by Hallee on Dec 31, 2013 in Homemaking with Hallee, Housekeeping, Life

I just gave the fireplace a facelift. Gregg and I hit Pier One’s after Christmas clearance section and found some really beautiful candle holders.

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Powdered Laundry Detergent

Posted by Hallee on Dec 9, 2013 in Housekeeping, Life

One of the most popular posts on this blog is my Homemade Laundry Detergent. It is so popular because you can wash laundry for the cost of about $1.06 per 64 loads of laundry.

Well, you have to make that soap ahead of time and let it gel up overnight. Which is cool when you’re paying attention. Not so cool when you lose track of how little soap is in the bottom of the container.

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Hallee the Working Homemaker

Posted by Hallee on Oct 15, 2013 in Housekeeping

I had someone recently suggest that I could no longer have a blog titled “Hallee the Homemaker” now that I work full time.

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It’s Time for Fall Cleaning!

Posted by Hallee on Sep 21, 2013 in Housekeeping

seasonal housekeeping!

:)

At the turn of every season, I perform the following tasks:

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Guest Post: 5 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

Posted by Hallee on Apr 8, 2013 in Budgeting, Housekeeping, Life, Stewardship

Long before coupon blogs were popular, long before television shows about extreme couponing filled the airways, my friend Andrea and I would sit in the church nursery nursing our newborn sons and talk about the deals she’d found working a couponing system. It was amazing this skill she’d acquired. As she perfected it, she started teaching classes to women all over the central Kentucky area on how to save money the way she did. She is a master at it, and is an amazing teacher. For instance, look at the 50 things she got for free in February this year.

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Old School Housekeeping

Posted by Hallee on Feb 25, 2013 in Housekeeping, Life

I’m so curious about it. This was an era before television, computers, some phones, mommy groups, play dates, working remotely, etc. I’m curious if women just felt like they had to fill those hours in the day with housework, or if there is truly something to be said for being that thorough every single day in your home. If it was done daily, and a good rhythm was established (note in the order of cleaning that the steps in and out of the room are even given), my entire house could be cleaned in just a morning. Instead, I do a room or a group of rooms a day, do my daily chores, and spend the rest of my (kid-free) time in front of a computer, working.

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